Samantha Alvarez

REACH Director

Samantha brings many years of experience working with youth through various organizations like Wilderness Youth Project, AmeriCorps and Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, she is passionate about giving back to her community by helping first generation students achieve higher education success. She strongly believes in guiding and mentoring youth holistically to help guarantee success beyond academics. She enthusiastically joined REACH in July 2018 with goals of connecting students to resources and skills to help empower their aspirations and goals.


Angelica Hernandez

Program Manager

Angelica is a tenacious leader with deep passion for educational equity and social justice. She was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She is an advocate for first-generation college bound students. After graduating from Northeastern Illinois University, with her Masters in Educational Leadership, she joined the Santa Barbara Unified School District Program for Effective Access to College as an educational consultant. She joined REACH in 2018 and her goal is to empower and equipped current and future REACH Fellows to be successful in college.